Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends specials

tek's rating:
Good Wilt Hunting, Cartoon Network; TV Tropes

The first movie from the series Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, unless you count the pilot. Well... there's nothing really wrong with this movie, but... I don't think it could possibly stand on its own. You almost certainly have to be a fan of the series to appreciate this, and even then... it's just sort of meh. ...Okay, that's unfair. It's not bad. It's just not as good as I'd hoped.

Anyway, it turns out that every five years, Foster's hosts a reunion for people to visit the friends they created who are currently living at the Home. Bloo, of course, gets upset about Mac visiting him every day, thus denying him the joy of a five-year reunion that all the other friends get to experience. That was totally Bloo, and totally predictable. Meanwhile, Wilt is acting oddly preoccupied and evasive. It turns out his creator never attends these reunions, and no one actually knows anything about his creator. So... Wilt takes off.

Of course, Frankie, Mac, Bloo, Eduardo, and Coco take off in the Foster's bus to look for him, accompanied by Eduardo's creator, Nina, who's now a cop; and Douglas and Adam, a couple of nerds who discovered Coco in a jungle somewhere. (Since we have no idea who created Coco, I wouldn't be surprised if she gets her own special like this someday.) Bloo, meanwhile, is constantly coming up with theories about crimes Wilt might have committed to force him to run away.

Naturally, since Wilt can't stop himself from helping people, he keeps getting sidetracked on his way to look for his creator. And as the movie goes on, we keep seeing flashbacks to when he was still with his kid. And eventually Wilt engages in a basketball game against another imaginary friend, named Larry, to whom he lost a game years ago. Since then, he thought his kid didn't want him anymore, because Wilt let him down. In the course of one of these flashbacks, we see what happened to Wilt's missing arm and wonky eye.

Of course, eventually Wilt and his kid, now a famous basketball player named Jordan Michaels, meet up again, and the gang from Foster's finally catches up, and there's a happy ending for everyone. I dunno what else to say. Except, the movie does have a few nice touches, like the names of new characters. I especially liked the names Douglas and Adam, plus Adam had a "42" on his shirt.

tek's rating:
Destination Imagination, Cartoon Network

I believe this is the second movie from Foster's Home. It starts with a couple and their son leaving a toy chest, locked with chains and a padlock, on the doorstep of Foster's. But before it gets discovered, we get to see a day in the life of Frankie. As usual, she's being run ragged by Mr. Herriman, doing all the many chores her job entails, taking care of the Home and all the imaginary friends who live there, with no time for herself. And of course, she's sick of it all, especially since no one ever thanks her or seems to care about her personally. Finally, she finds the toy box, which came with a note not to open it. So Herriman orders her to take it up to the attic and leave it there. She doesn't want to do that, because there's a friend trapped inside, which she thinks is terrible... but the reason she disobeys him is mostly because she's sick of constantly taking his orders.

Anyway, she enters the box after opening it. There's a huge imaginary world in there, and she meets the friend, though she can't see him. He's glad to have someone to spend time with, and he treats her like a princess, gives her everything she could want, and shows her the interest and respect that no one else does. So she keeps coming back to this place over the next few weeks, while paying less and less attention to her duties at Foster's. And eventually, she stops returning to Foster's altogether.

Of course, Mac and the main group of friends get worried about her, so they go looking for her, and find the toy box. They enter the imaginary world, while Herriman decides to fire Frankie, and starts looking for someone to replace her... without much luck. As Mac, Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco look for Frankie, they meet an imaginary hero who tells them he'll rescue Frankie, and wants them to go home. But of course they decide to go along with him to find her. Before too long, they start having some suspicions about this hero... Later, they meet a sort of toy dog, who wants to help. But eventually, they learn what's really going on.

Um... I'm leaving out lots of things. There are a number of twists in the story, and lots of really weird and cool imaginary stuff happens. This is perhaps the best thing I've seen from Foster's since the pilot, I mean there's some really old-school craziness going on. Some great imagination went into this. Very trippy. Of course, in the end there's a happy ending for everyone, on a number of levels. In fact I could easily consider this a fitting end to the series, though I see on Wikipedia that there are still a few episodes yet to air in February 2009 (this movie first aired in November 2008, though I didn't see it til the end of December). Anyway... I feel like I should be saying more about all that happened in the movie, but I really don't want to spoil anything. I'll just say that I really loved it....

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